Wrestling Remains Top 15, Six Still Ranked

Feb. 17, 2010

Corvallis, Ore. – The Oregon State wrestling team remains in the top 15 in the NWCA/USA Today Division I Team Coaches Poll for week 14.


The Beavers were previously ranked 14th last week, 20th two weeks ago, 21st the week before that and 22nd for the two weeks prior to that after breaking into the list in the December 8 poll. Oregon State finished the regular season 18-3, 6 -2 Pac-10, and currently is tied for the second most dual meet wins behind No. 1 Iowa (21-0) in the top 25.


In other rankings, Oregon State is ranked as high as 13th in the D1CollegeWrestling.net poll. The Beavers are 15th in the Intermat poll and are 14th according to Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN).


Junior Colby Covington (Springfield, Ore.) remains in the top 10 in the InterMat Division I Individual Rankings, with the same ninth place ranking for the fourth week in a row. Covington, who was previously ranked 11th, moved up after defeating previously ranked No. 3 Stephen Dwyer of Nebraska on January 24 in a 2-1 decision at 174 pounds. He has pinned five of his last seven competitors.


Five other Oregon State wrestlers also remain ranked in the InterMat Individual Rankings with senior Keegan Davis (Salem, Ore.) leading the way with a 13th place ranking at 157 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Jason Lara (Midway City, Calif.) and sophomores Kelly Kubec (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Clayton Jack (Vacaville, Calif.) are 16th at 125 and 133 pounds and heavyweight. Redshirt freshman Mike Mangrum (Auburn, Wash.) made his way back into the rankings last week, now ranked 19th after being 20th.

The Beavers have defeated three top 25 opponents in No. 12 Wisconsin in the first dual of the season, No. 24 Arizona State and No. 16 Cal Poly, but fell to No. 8/12 Boise State and No. 8 Oklahoma.


The last time Oregon State was ranked this highly was in the January 31, 2001, under former head coach Joe Wells. The Beavers ranged from 12th to 17th place, finishing the season off in 17th place.


Oregon State has a bye this week before heading to the Pac-10 Championships. The two-day event begins on Friday, Feb. 26 at UC Davis.


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